LIMA — All of the nine regional county’s unemployment rates have increased from May to June, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Five out of the nine counties in this region had the 10 best unemployment rates in the state, led by Mercer County (first, 3.3 percent), Putnam County (second, 3.7 percent), Auglaize (fourth, 3.9 percent), Hancock (eighth, 4.1 percent) and Van Wert (ninth, 4.1 percent). Although not all the counties made the top 10 unemployment list, eight out of nine counties were lower than Ohio’s 5.3 percent unemployment rate.
The unemployment rate in Allen County increased from 4.1 percent in May to 5.1 percent in June. There were 200 fewer people employed in June than in May. Also there were 500 more people unemployed in June than in May. As a result, the labor force went up 800 bringing the total to 47,000.
Despite a total of 2,500 unemployed, there were 1,952 jobs available within 10 miles of Lima on Tuesday afternoon, according to OhioMeansJobs.com. Of those 1,952 jobs, 1,823 were full-time opportunities, with 28 percent of them being middle-income jobs with annual salaries between $30,000 and $49,000.
Putnam County’s unemployment rate rose from 2.9 percent in May to 3.7 in June. This rate was the second best rate for Ohio behind Mercer at 3.3 percent. There were 300 fewer people employed in June than in May and and 100 fewer people unemployed in May than in June. The labor force decreased by 100 from 19,200 in May to 19,100 in June.
Auglaize County’s unemployment rate in June was 3.9 percent, which is 0.9 percent higher than in May. This rate was the fourth best in Ohio, following Hancock with 4.1 percent. There were 100 fewer people employed in June than in May. Also, there were 300 people more people unemployed in June than in May. This has caused the labor force to increase by 200 people from 25,200 in May to 25,400 in June.
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